Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: In the last leg of the ongoing festival season in the city, the State is set for the three-day-long ‘Basanta Utsav’ (spring festival) at the Rukmini Mandap open-air auditorium commencing on Sunday. Being hosted by the city-based Bansi Bilas cultural body led by Odissi dancer Leena Mohanty, the festival, now into its third year, will feature Indian classical dance and music that includes, Kathak, Bharat Natyam, Mohini Attam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Hindustani music and Odissi music.

The inaugural evening will kick off with Odissi vocal by city-based talented singer Sangeeta Panda, daughter and disciple of Odissi music exponent Gopal Chandra Panda. It would be followed by Kathak dance performance by Aurangabad-based Parwati Dutta, who has excelled both in Kathak and Odissi as a dancer, choreographer and researcher. The evening will conclude with host Bansi Bilas presenting group Odissi dance recital.

Kolkata-based Hindustani vocalist Sandipan Samajpati will be the first artiste of the event on Monday followed by Kuchipudi dance recital by Venkat Naga Chalapati Rao from Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. Winner of last year’s Bismillah Khan ‘Yuva Puraskar’ from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Venkat hails from the illustrious Vedantam family known for the legacy.

Versatile Odissi dancer Meera Das will conclude the evening with solo and group performances.

The concluding evening on Tuesday will commence with Odissi vocal by Dheeraj Kumar Mohapatra, disciple of noted music composer Ramahari Das, followed by solo Odissi dance by New Delhi based Ranjana Gauhar.